Team USA completed phase one at the Sochi Olympics and earned a bye in the first round of the playoffs. The Americans beat all three teams in their group and will play on Wednesday against either The Czech Republic or Slovakia.

Team USA comes into the playoffs as the Number two seed behind Sweden. Team Canada is third and Team Finland is fourth. Vladimir Putin must be a little upset as team Russia came in fifth and will have to take the long way to the medal rounds.

The real interesting thing is that team USA and team Canada are on a collision course. If both teams win their first playoff game they will play each other in the final four. These teams played for the gold medal in Vancouver with Canada winning in overtime. The United States would love to send Canada to the bronze medal game.